Casual Sensuality of Adult People in the Works of Vasko Lipovac, Part One
4 January 2021 

Casual Sensuality of Adult People in the Works of Vasko Lipovac, Part One

Vasko Lipovac (1931-2006) was a Croatian painter, sculptor, printmaker, designer, illustrator, and scenographer, famous for his figurative works in different techniques. His corpulent amorous men and women sometimes remind of those in satirical sketches of George Grosz.

Vasko Lipovac portrait

Vasko Lipovac (Wikipedia.org)

Early Years

Lipovac was born in a small place in Montenegro. He was the fifth child in a family of wealthy merchant and shipping agent Spasoje Lipovac. His mother, Antica Lui, was a daughter of a landowner. In Real Grammar School, where Vasko Lipovac was studying as a kid, his natural talent was supported and developed by painter Mato Đuranović. In 1950, Lipovac enrolled in the Academy of Applied Arts in Zagreb. From the start of his studies, he wanted to be a sculptor but soon changed his mind and began studying as a painter. After graduation, Lipovac attended courses of Croatian professor Krsto Hegedušić.

Vasko Lipovac purple curtain

Vasko Lipovac. Erotika (catalogue), 2008, p. 31

elderly couple vasko lipovac

Vasko Lipovac. Erotika (catalogue), 2008, p. 53.

Vasko Lipovac watching boat

Vasko Lipovac. Erotika (catalogue), 2008, p. 54.

Vasko Lipovac nude female in the water

Vasko Lipovac. Erotika (catalogue), 2008, p. 62.

Vasko Lipovac swimming trunks

Vasko Lipovac. Erotika (catalogue), 2008, p. 63.

nudes in the water Vasko Lipovac

Vasko Lipovac. Erotika (catalogue), 2008, p. 67.

Vasko Lipovac hand stand in the water

Vasko Lipovac. Erotika (catalogue), 2008, p. 86.

Vasko Lipovac couple in the water

Vasko Lipovac. Erotika (catalogue), 2008, p. 87.

Chemistry In Industry

In 1959, right before a year in the army, Lipovac had married. After his military service, the artist had been working for two years (1964-1966) as an art editor assistant of “Chemistry in Industry” magazine. Notably, it was the only full-time job he ever had.

Vasko Lipovac erotic art

Vasko Lipovac. Erotika (catalogue), 2008, p. 99.

erotika vasko lipovac

Vasko Lipovac. Erotika (catalogue), 2008, p. 106

Vasko Lipovac art

Vasko Lipovac. Erotika (catalogue), 2008, p. 183.

Vasko Lipovac artist

Vasko Lipovac. Erotika (catalogue), 2008, p. 214.

Vasko Lipovac cubism

Vasko Lipovac. Erotika (catalogue), 2008, p. 217

Vasko Lipovac painting

Vasko Lipovac. Erotika (catalogue), 2008, p. 218

Vasko Lipovac old couple

Vasko Lipovac. Erotika (catalogue), 2008, p. 157.

Vasko Lipovac swimming nudes

Vasko Lipovac. Erotika (catalogue), 2008, p. 83

Vasko Lipovac nude with sailors

Vasko Lipovac. Erotika (catalogue), 2008, p. 147

Vasko Lipovac nude from above

Vasko Lipovac. Erotika (catalogue), 2008, p. 81.

Inexhaustible Exuberance

Most of his life, Lipovac spent in the Mediterranean climate. The cartoonish characters of his drawings and sculptural compositions are often can be seen sunbathing or swimming in the sea. Balancing between abstractionism and figuration, Lipovac depicted ordinary but nice people who tried to get their simple pleasures. The artist had been exhibited since 1956 in a hundred solo and near two hundred group exhibitions at home and abroad. He worked with high-polished metal, polychromous wood, enamel, terracotta, and polyester. He also was a theatric designer. This multi-talented personality was honored with many awards.

Vasko Lipovac silhouette art

Vasko Lipovac. Erotika (catalogue), 2008, p. 241

Vasko Lipovac doggy style

Vasko Lipovac. Erotika (catalogue), 2008, p. 247

Vasko Lipovac Croatian

Vasko Lipovac. Erotika (catalogue), 2008, p 255

Vasko Lipovac couple

Vasko Lipovac. Erotika (catalogue), 2008, p 311

Vasko Lipovac from the rear

Vasko Lipovac. Erotika (catalogue), 2008, p 316

Vasko Lipovac intimate couple

Vasko Lipovac. Erotika (catalogue), 2008, p. 308

Vasko Lipovac intimate couples

Vasko Lipovac. Erotika (catalogue), 2008, p. 309

Prosperity and Potential

Reading about famous artists, we got used to learning about their complications, tragedies, and post-mortal triumph. We connect their diseases, inhibition, and poverty with creative productivity. However, this logic fails when compared to the lives of Lipovac-like artists who were acknowledged soon after the beginning of their artistic careers. Moreover, looking at Lipovac works, we don’t realize the catastrophic essence of the time he lived in because his smooth sculptures and paintings seem very soothing. The characters of Lipovac are attractive in their bourgeoisie conflictless regularity. Not being Shakespearean, they remind of Rubens, Titian, and Modigliani figures.

Vasko Lipovac two intimate threesomes

Three Entertaining Graces in spirit of George Grosz. Vasko Lipovac. Erotika (catalogue), 2008, p. 101

nudes Vasko Lipovac art

Vasko Lipovac. Erotika (catalogue), 2008, p. 250

erotic art vasko lipovac

Vasko Lipovac. Erotika (catalogue), 2008, p. 264

Vasko Lipovac erotic artist

Vasko Lipovac. Erotika (catalogue), 2008, p. 265

nude erotic art

Vasko Lipovac. Erotika (catalogue), 2008, p. 263

Vasko Lipovac artist

Vasko Lipovac. Erotika (catalogue), 2008, p. 273

Vasko Lipovac kissing

Vasko Lipovac. Erotika (catalogue), 2008, p. 268

elderly lesbians art

Vasko Lipovac. Erotika (catalogue), 2008, p. 274

exposing nudes art

Vasko Lipovac. Erotika (catalogue), 2008, p. 275

erotic drawing vasko lipovac

Vasko Lipovac. Erotika (catalogue), 2008, p. 288

Vasko Lipovac fellatio

Vasko Lipovac. Erotika (catalogue), 2008, p. 291

Vasko Lipovac four erotic drawings

Vasko Lipovac. Erotika (catalogue), 2008, p. 293

Vasko Lipovac nipple sucking

Vasko Lipovac. Erotika (catalogue), 2008, p. 294

Vasko Lipovac intimacy

Vasko Lipovac. Erotika (catalogue), 2008, p. 295

In the World of Regular Intimacy

As Ante Tomić writes, ” the people shown by Lipovac as enjoying sex are actually good parents or kind neighbors, regular churchgoers, who pay their bills on time, drive safely, commit no offenses, no matter how slight. They are normal, whatever that means. In fact, it is quite possible that some of them have a re-strained, untalkative, boring, buttoned-up character, maybe even not so lustful, rarely horny. Maybe that guy makes out with his wife only once a month, but Lipovac takes a look right at the delicate moment when sexual desire breaks through their middle-class armor.”

Vasko Lipovac erotic color

Vasko Lipovac. Erotika (catalogue), 2008, p. 296

Vasko Lipovac old nude couple

Vasko Lipovac. Erotika (catalogue), 2008, p. 298

Vasko Lipovac semi nude couple

Vasko Lipovac. Erotika (catalogue), 2008, p. 301

Vasko Lipovac nude couple on stool

Vasko Lipovac. Erotika (catalogue), 2008, p. 302

Vasko Lipovac intimate couple on a chair

Vasko Lipovac. Erotika (catalogue), 2008, p. 303

Vasko Lipovac intercourse

Vasko Lipovac. Erotika (catalogue), 2008, p. 304

Vasko Lipovac chubby intimate couple

Vasko Lipovac. Erotika (catalogue), 2008, p. 305

Behind The Door

“The erotic works of Lipovac always display the duality of the Id and the Ego, urge and civilization, private and public, passion and restraint. It is perhaps most obvious in the series of intimate scenes behind a glass door. The door, its glass upper half showing a decent picture of a married couple, reveals their nudity from the waist down when opened, like a textbook of psychoanalysis. But Lipovac does not stick to that old teaching, since there is actually no serious drama between the two worlds. There is no Freudian frustration, no guilt in pleasure; the Id and the Ego are reconciled, the upper and lower part of the door live in harmony, and even if they happen to clash, it is more funny than morbid. Sex in those drawings, paintings, and sculptures is not beastly but natural and human. It is sex without spasms or horrors, without misery, crying wretches, mythological monsters, and whatever the painters of old employed for allegories. It is the ordinary, healthy, everyday sex of people from your neighborhood.” (Ante Tomić, “Vasko Lipovac. Erotika” (Introduction))

Vasko Lipovac behind the door

Vasko Lipovac. Erotika (catalogue), 2008, p. 32

Vasko Lipovac door

Vasko Lipovac. Erotika (catalogue), 2008, p. 33

Vasko Lipovac erotik grafike

Vasko Lipovac. Erotika (catalogue), 2008, p. 34

Vasko Lipovac grafike

Vasko Lipovac. Erotika (catalogue), 2008, p. 35

Vasko Lipovac slike

Vasko Lipovac. Erotika (catalogue), 2008, p. 36

Vasko Lipovac slike erotic

Vasko Lipovac. Erotika (catalogue), 2008, p. 38

Vasko Lipovac nude standing in doorway

Vasko Lipovac. Erotika (catalogue), 2008, p. 39

Vasko Lipovac intimate couple in doorway

Vasko Lipovac. Erotika (catalogue), 2008, p. 41

Vasko Lipovac prodaja

Vasko Lipovac. Erotika (catalogue), 2008, p. 42

Vasko Lipovac prodaja erotic

Vasko Lipovac. Erotika (catalogue), 2008, p. 43

vasko lipovac ulje na platnu

Vasko Lipovac. Erotika (catalogue), 2008, p. 44

vasko lipovac galerija

Vasko Lipovac. Erotika (catalogue), 2008, p. 45

Vasko Lipovac croatian artist

Vasko Lipovac. Erotika (catalogue), 2008, p. 46

Vasko Lipovac Croatian painter

Vasko Lipovac. Erotika (catalogue), 2008, p. 47

vasko lipovac estetica

Vasko Lipovac. Erotika (catalogue), 2008, p. 48

vasko lipovac umjetnik

Vasko Lipovac. Erotika (catalogue), 2008, p. 49

Sources: Wikipedia.org; Vasko Lipovac. Erotika (catalogue), 2008.

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About the author
Darya is a philologist who lives and works in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. She is specialized in Russian literature.
JB
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JB

on 4 January 2021

Interesting work. "[L]ooking at Lipovac works, we don’t realize the catastrophic essence of the time he lived in because his smooth sculptures and paintings seem very soothing. The characters of Lipovac are attractive in their bourgeoisie conflictless regularity." Art can be many things or provide remedies for life's troubles in many different ways. It can be normative, it can be cathartic, it can exorcise demons, it can be a discovery of self and/or others, ID, ego, a meeting of ghosts or gods --- the net-work can be woven in so many ways that never ends surprising both creature, creator and observer. The Mystery one needs to answer, if one's looking fir an answer, is, "Why down that road, and not that one, or the other? Why turn left there, towards the woods, and not right, to reach the village? Would it make more sense, to go straight? Reach the water, follow the calling of the seabirds? Where do artist and observer, part or meet, hold hands? Do they walk in silence or talk? Is it casual chatting? Intimate giving? Are they looking for something, or do they find themselves there, on that spot, because they already found something? "Look, I know....." can be both a statement, a declaration, and a question? What comes next is maybe what matters most. And it's a mystery only each one of us can know the answer to. Looking forward to the second installment of this piece.

Darya
By

Darya

on 4 January 2021

The second part is on the way! Surely, sometimes the artist asks a riddle, sometimes he doesn't. Very often he doesn't realize the riddle he asks and always doesn't know an answer to it, so the observer has to offer his own clue. Eventually, art weirdly shapes itself without the author, like a child that grows into a human being differing from his parents.

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